Monday 31 October 2011

Private Harry Rastrick

Born on 4 March 1890 in Yorkshire, England - father of Blanche Rastrick, Bradford, Yorkshire, England - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as plasterer; widower; no current or previous military service; Church of England; height of 5 feet 3 inches; chest of 37 inches fully expanded; dark complexion; grey eyes; brown hair.

Joined the 77th Battalion, CEF, in Smiths Falls, Ontario, on 30 July 1915 (number 144512) - departed Canada for overseas on 19 June 1916 - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, in England on 6 July 1916 - landed in France with the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 - wounded on 29 October 1916 - invalided to England on 18 November 1916 - repatriated to Canada on 31 January 1918.

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (, online attestation papers; Canadian War Museum, 19740281-001, Manu 58F 2 3, 207th Canadian Infantry Battalion and 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Nominal Roll; The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Regimental Museum, A400-0007, Master Personnel List for the 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force; Anonymous, An Historical Sketch of the Seventy-Seventh Battalion Canadian Expeditionary Force (Ottawa: War Publications Limited, 1926), p.136)

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